The Virden town square was busy, full of preparations for the upcoming Fourth of July festivities, including the Miss Virden Queen Pageant. Sadly, I was not able to stay to watch the pageant. Maybe I’ll go back next year, now that I know about it, and stick around for the fun.
Sunday mornings around the square are pretty quiet. I assumed that most of the townspeople were home making sure their gardens were well-kept, as directed by the sign on the planter.
(Note: none of the plants in that planter were vegetables. In case you were wondering.)
If you are driving through Carlinville, there’s a very good chance you’ll spot the 1860’s-era Macoupin County courthouse. It’s tall. It has a dome. It’s beautiful.
Or rather, it’s beautiful, as long as you don’t look at it closely. A close look reveals that things are worrisome over at the courthouse. The stone balusters are breaking apart, falling to pieces. There’s one place where the stairs have collapsed. Other places, pieces of the stone have just let go of the building. The longer you look, the more damage you see and the worse shape you understand the building is in.
It seemed like a metaphor for, well, a lot of things.